My almost 9 year old chihuahua was diagnosed w/luxating patella yesterday.
He is Grade 3 right now (beginning stage). Based on what we've learned Pookie has had low grade LP for years, he's always skipped on a few steps and back to normal a few seconds later. Our problem started 3 weeks, when he started to limp on his front left leg, I took him to the vet and they said it was a sprain and gave him rimadyl and put a soft cast on for a week. They took it off last week, and a few days later he was back to limping, except now his leg would give out (he would curl his paw) and would fall to his front left (on his face.
I took him to a new vet hospital this Thurs, they did, bloodwork and x-rays and there were no fractures, and he said it was probably a sprain and it was taking a while to heal, because he has arthritis in his elbow, and also he is overweight at 8.8lbs, and he said he should be 5lbs, so the weight isn't helping as well, and he put him on a diet and gave him carprofen and cosequin for arthritis and pain.
Well, the next day, Friday, Pookie started to stiffen up his rear left leg, and I noticed it would swing out when he walk, and he was slightly dragging it, so I took him back to the vet at night, per vet's instruction, and he checked him, and then just said to bring him the next day for more testing (stomach ultrasound, and new x-rays on rear leg. He also took him off of carprofen and put him on tramadol because he had high liver enzymes- (maybe due to the week on Rimadyl? He said they would also run the blood again in 1 month to see if the levels decrease and he could start rimadyl again. -I'm not too sure I want rimadyl for him again.
So yesterday they did a x-ray on the rear leg and said he had grade 3 LP, and that they did a surgery consult and that they determined that patellar surgery would not benefit him right now. I did not speak to the specialist, just to the vet, so I am still confused as to all the reasons they don't think surgery is right.
The vet said they localized pain in Pookie's neck and lower back. They said to rest him to resolve back pain and then we could do an MRI of his spine in a month.
Today, Sunday, Pookie's front left leg seems to be bit better. He's not limping on it as much, nor has he gone down while walking, (but I don't know it's just the pain control meds masking it). His rear left still sticks out though, and he's not actually running out, he walks around to get his food, and use the bathroom, when we take him out, but sometimes he just stops and stands there.
I really don't know what to do. Has anyone had something similiar happen to them?
I want to rest Pookie for a week (I think he's stressed from the Dr. visits this week ) and then take him to a specialist that can examine him and I can really talk to and get to the bottom of what he has, so I can seek all appropriate treatments available to him.
So, if anyone can recommend a orthopedic specialist/surgeon in the southern california area I would really appreciate it. I know this was a long read!